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Report #016 01/01/2001

First, I would like to thank all who sent sympathy notes to me upon the death of my Wife this past September. Your kind words were very much appreciated.

Federal'naya Agenstvo Pravitel'stvennoy Svayazi i Informatsii. Federal Agency for Government Communications & Information (Russia)
During the September/October period the Cuba/Nicaragua frequencies were checked 19 times. For the 1445 UTC sked, Cuba used 16217 kHz and the field station used 13423 kHz. For the 2145 UTC sked, the field again used 13423 kHz while Cuba transmitted on 14455 kHz. A medium volume of traffic was passed. Cuba was observed using the "QSP" procedure signal several times when he needed some text groups repeated. As of October, the broadcast to KRN on 17414 kHz continued to be at 1735 UTC once a week on Thursdays. Since this sked was reduced from a daily one to just once per week, I have not seen any traffic passed on the sked. The transmission has just been the repeated callsign followed by QRU. The mode remained RTTY 75/500.

BLUEBIRD Flight 93 (Collingwood Air Services Limited, Canada) was in contact with u/i ground station (possibly Medellin, Columbia) regarding a passenger who was suffering an extremely severe headache. The gentleman told flight personnel he had been struck on the head a few days earlier and has had several such headaches since that time. A Doctor at the ground station told the flight to continue on to Toronto. The man will require a brain scan. Paramedics will meet the flight and take over care. Flight crew pointed out they were not allowed to give any medication without ok from a Doctor. The Doctor gave permission to administer some type of medicine (did not catch the long name) to relieve the pain. This item heard at 12/15/2000 1722 UTC on 13333 kHz, USB.

Several messages were sent on 14790 kHz in CW. Most seemed to relate to the completion of some unidentified activities followed by instructions for berthing/docking at Puerto La Guira. Item monitored at 12/15/2000 1731 UTC.

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